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UH board approves tuition freeze for all campuses statewide

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved a three-year freeze of undergraduate tuition rates at all 10 UH campuses starting with the 2020-21 academic year, the university announced Thursday.

“The new schedule ensures affordable higher education for the people of Hawaii while providing stability over a multiyear period that will aid student recruitment and retention,” UH President David Lassner said.

The new tuition schedule also decreases general graduate student tuition rates at UH-Manoa.

The regents approved the schedule during a meeting on Oahu at Windward Community College on Thursday. It passed on the condition that it “will be subject to annual evaluation and adjustment to prevent significant negative economic or enrollment impact to the university.”

UH is entering the third and final year of the previously approved three-year tuition schedule. In the upcoming 2019-20 academic school year, resident undergraduate tuition will increase by 2 percent for UH-Manoa and lower division courses at the seven community colleges, and by 1 percent for UH-Hilo and UH-West Oahu. Under the newly approved tuition schedule, these 2019-20 academic year rates will stay the same for the following three academic years.

Meanwhile, tuition will decrease by 2 percent for resident graduate students at UH-Manoa in 2020-21 and by 10 percent for nonresident graduate students. Both rates will then remain constant for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

At the UH community colleges, tuition for lower-division courses is $131 per credit hour for residents and $345 per credit hour for nonresidents. For upper-division/300-level courses at UH-Maui College’s four-year degree programs, tuition is $306 per credit hour for residents and $846 per credit hour for nonresidents for the 2019-20 academic year, and is unchanged for the 2020-23 academic years.